The approach is rustic, wild and the term home-grown was coined here. The world could disappear and engaging hosts Rebecca and Alfonso wouldn’t bat an eyelid (nor go hungry) for months. Bounties of seasonal goodies appear as do home-farmed olive oils, Iberian pork and the honey of 200 beehives. The couple spotted their paradise and immediately moved down from Madrid; now these 19th-century farm cottages form a unique hamlet hotel, where culinary creations are made with love from the ground up. Breakfast in the flexible finca’s barn is a jumble of local jams and cheeses, and character permeates the new farm shop in the old bakery, with cobbled pathways, stone floors, wooden beams. Rebecca’s restaurant offers lunch and dinner, and Alfonso can ferry you out for a safari-styled picnic. Return to traditional bedrooms with slate floors, small windows, and amusing crannies that become cupboards. Enjoy splendid isolation and sights rare to Europe like golden eagles, lynx, wolves. Ride bikes or horses, explore Celtic castles, pop into Portugal – or view it from the garden’s glinting pool.